Jesy Nelson says she feels "mentally free" now she's left Little Mix

Daniella Scott
·3-min read
Photo credit: Jesy Nelson - Instagram
Photo credit: Jesy Nelson - Instagram

It's been just five months since Jesy Nelson announced her exit from Little Mix after nine years in the group, but already she's making waves on her own and she's gearing up for a lot more.

"You can expect some new music," she told Cosmopolitan UK when she caught up with us to answer a few questions for our Up Close video series. "You can expect lots of new content from me and lots of other little things that I can't reveal yet."

But that doesn't mean it's been easy. Making the tough decision to step away from the group was something Jesy says brought on "a mix of emotions."

"I was sad, but at the same time - mentally I felt free, and like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders because for me, I felt an enormous amount of pressure being in a girl group."

For Jesy the most challenging thing about being in Little Mix was "constantly being compared to three other girls, and not feeling like [she] was good enough."

But along with that, there were positives to being part of such a huge girl group; "everything we achieved together, just building the most incredible fanbase and travelling the world together."

Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images
Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

When Jesy officially left Little Mix in December her mental wellbeing was cited as an important factor in the decision in the group's official statement on the news. Since speaking out about her mental health in her 2019 documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out Jesy has learnt a few lessons about looking out for herself.

"If I could say anything to anyone who's struggling with their mental health at the moment, the best thing you can do is, one - surround yourself with people that genuinely make you happy, life is far too short to be around people that bring you down and don't make you happy.

"Two - talk to someone, that for me is the biggest part of mental health, talking to someone, letting it all out. When you keep it in ... it just makes it ten times worse. And, just be kind to yourself. I think as humans we find it so easy to put ourselves down. It's so much easier for us to say negative things about ourselves than actually say positive things, and I think we genuinely have to train our brains into actually being nice to ourselves, because we're not.

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These days, Jesy has a lot going on. She's been in the studio and she's got some exciting projects coming up, as well as some potential new ventures she's not ruling out. "I would love to make more documentaries," she told us. "I don't think I'd like to do one right now unless it was something that I felt really passionately about, or was it was something that was really close to my heart ... I would never say no to acting," she added.

Watch this space...

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